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Schweitzer Nordics #396

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Hike #396

36° Happy birthday... TO ME tomorrow… Mar 29!  71 years old…gulp…

Mar 28, 2011…Schweitzer Nordics…hike # 396

To all those who pay attention, no, we did not hike last week.I was in the throes of serious sickness…Jim also had the same sore throat and very bad cough…but he was loathe admit to “being sick.” His late mom has a phrase she would use to describe this about him.  Suffice it to say, we made the right decision to stay home…it was raw and rainy at home and up at Schweitzer, the weather gods were dumping cold, wet snow along with blowing wind. This would have been the last place I needed to be. Word of mouth told me that this was a very nasty viral infection spreading up one side of town and down the other…I was caught in the crossfire! Things didn’t get easier for me as the week progressed with the cough, sore throat and three days with laryngitis continuing to hammer me.

Still not completely up to par today, but decided to give it a try. It was raining at home but snowing up on the mountain so we headed up. Not too many there. Took our usual route and had mango and hot chocolate at the shed. All the snow had slid off the metal roof. Back out on the trail, we both felt cold after sitting for so long inside the small shed. Weather was warm, then cold, we had some sun and some clouds, some light snow and some hard snow. It was wintry mix of spring weather. 

I did better than I thought I would but I was more than ready to turn back to the village when we did…I was beginning to wind down. Not much else to say…same old same old. Schweitzer will close in 12 more days…then we will have the whole resort to ourselves, to go wherever we want…this usually means harder hikes as we head up and down the steep slopes. I was glad we weren’t doing that today…I am ready to start to feel better after now beginning the third week of this.

Left home 10:30

Started up 11:00 

Got to truck 3:00  

Total miles hiked 7-8 miles

Total hiking time 4 hours 

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Betsy Fulling Betsy Fulling In 2002, after a bout with cancer and wanting her energy back, Betsy Fulling began hiking with her husband Jim. Regardless of the weather they go into the high country every week - in eight years, she has only missed five times.

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